Marilyn Wounded Head was born May 12, 1952, in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, to Hannah (Rock) Wounded Head and Herbert Wounded Head, Sr. Marilyn made her journey to the spirit world August 19, 2019, after a long and brave fight with cancer at her home in Kansas City, Kansas.
Marilyn was a talented Sculptress and has had her pieces shown in different states and many art shows. She attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Kansas, and earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Minneapolis School of Arts and Design in Minnesota. She was the first Native American to earn her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of South Dakota. She worked various jobs in teaching, as well as with the United States Parks Service. She also was a resident artist at Mount Rushmore, South Dakota and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park in New Hampshire. Marilyn’s passion for sculpting was matched by her passion for teaching. She spent the latter part of her career as a Professor of Art at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado. She retired from teaching but continued doing her sculptures.
Marilyn is survived by her husband Randy Higgins, her daughter’s, Intriga (Cecil) Wounded Head of Cass Lake, MN, Quana (Eric) Higgins of Alexandria, Virginia, Dionca (Jeremy) Wounded Head-Higgins of Kansas City, KS and Antares (Joshua) Higgins of Athens, Georgia. Her eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren, her brother Anthony Wounded Head, Sr., and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Marilyn is proceeded in death by her great grandparents, Helen (Lone Hill) and Charles Rock, Jesse (Rooks) and Brooks Wounded Head, father Herbert, mother Hannah, brothers Herbert Wounded Head, Jr., stillborn brother, sisters Cheryl Monitleaux, and Arlene LaPointe. Her strength, talent, wisdom, and courage will be greatly missed.
No funeral details are available.